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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 – 17:36

Trump walks into North Korea to meet with Kim Jong Un

In an effort to restart talks between the US and North Korea, president Donald Trump has gone to North Korea to meet with Kim-Jong Un in an effort to restart nuclear disarmament talks.

 Trump became the first sitting US president to go inside of North Korea after meeting with Kim in the demilitarized zone. Trump took a dozen or so steps in North Korea, posed for photos, then invited Kim over to the other side to talk in the “Freedom House” building in South Korea.

While the meeting with the two leaders seemed to promise more to come and an agreement to work towards getting rid of North Korea’s nuclear weapons, this has happened before. Last year Trump and Kim met in Singapore to discuss deescalating tensions between the two countries and they both signed an agreement to denuclearize North Korea, improve relations between the two countries, build a lasting peace with North Korea and have the remains of POWs returned to the US.

 Since those talks in June of last year, North Korea has returned the remains of 55 US service members, who had died during the Korean War, in August of last year. 

While the first meeting had produced some goodwill and some measurable results, the second meeting between the US and North Korea that was held in Hanoi in February of this year did not have such positive results. The meeting was cut short due to North Korea wanting an end to all sanctions in exchange for ending their nuclear weapons program, with Trump saying”They were willing to denuke a large portion of the areas that we wanted, but we couldn’t give up all of the sanctions for that. So we continue to work and we’ll see, but we had to walk away from that particular suggestion. We had to walk away from that.”

It is possible that in the several months since, tensions between the two countries have had time to cool down and both Trump and Kim may be able to come to an agreement in order to denuclearize North Korea, but at this time it remains to be seen what, if any, outcomes this meeting will have.

After Trump met with Kim, several Democratic primary candidates took the opportunity to to chide Trump for the meeting. Many said that Trump used the opportunity for a photo op more than as a chance to agree on meaningful policy. Some of the candidates, like Kamala Harris, , Bernie Sanders, Julian Castro and Amy Klobachur said Trump could have done more work towards a solution, while Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden put out statements more critical of what Trump didn’t accomplish with the meeting.

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